After noticing that $5 million has been budgeted for well remediation, the Chino Hills Public Works Commission on Wednesday asked for a full presentation on how a new state contamination level for the chemical TCP is impacting the city’s water system. The $5 million fix is the most expensive water project in the proposed capital improvement program budget. Commissioners asked that the matter be placed on an upcoming agenda.


School board member James Na told the Champion the district will gather more input from the community to find out their preferences for dealing with capacity at Cal Aero Preserve Academy over the next three years, which is the district’s earliest estimate of when a second school could be built in the south Chino community. This follows an April 25 study session in which the board agreed there was an urgency to build the school but has yet to disclose an action plan. Little has been said about a new high school to serve the general area in the future, much of which is now in Ontario.   


The Tres Hermanos Conservation Authority is moving slowly, very slowly, according to Chino Hills Councilman Ray Marquez, a member. Mr. Marquez said he’s concerned the group hasn’t yet talked about a budget, insurance or a contract. He said the members are good people he trusts, but the pace is too slow. The authority governs the 2,500-acre ranch on both sides of Grand Avenue in Chino Hills and Diamond Bar. 


Ontario celebrated the opening of its third dog park on April 27. The James R. Bryant Dog Park is located at 648 West D St. The City of Chino Hills has a dog park in Butterfield. Chino has none, but a dog park area is included in a draft drawing for a park in the Preserve expected to open in late 2020. 


Recipes will be accepted between May 6 and June 28 for a Chino Hills community cookbook that will go on sale in September. The city’s Healthy Hills program is sponsoring the cookbook project. Call 364-2728. 


The Chino Valley YMCA pool on Edison Avenue in Chino has been out of commission and classes have been cancelled since April 26 because the pump equipment needs repair. The pool is expected to re-open today (May 4), according to YMCA officials. YMCA director Brian Rachielles said Wednesday that some of the pool equipment is more than 20 years old and has “lived its life.” 


Pastor Jack Hibbs of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills was admonished by his flock for posting a Facebook live video while driving his car without wearing a seatbelt. The pastor was driving down a main street and turned into a parking lot with the sound of the seatbelt alarm dinging while talking about Venezuela. Many of the more than 200 comments about his video included pleas to be safe and “buckle up.”


Speaking last month at her last board meeting as representative of the Chino Valley administrators group called CHAMP, former school principal Yvette Farley said many administrators display heart and commitment to help students overcome challenges, even though it doesn’t happen 100 percent of the time. She acknowledged mistakes are sometimes made “because we’re human.” Mrs. Farley is director of access and equity for the school district. 


The sight of a dead deer near the newly installed chain-link fence along the former La Vida Restaurant in Brea on Carbon Canyon Road has prompted concerns from Chino Hills residents about its impact on wildlife movement.


Ontario has joined Chino Hills in accepting passport applications at its city clerk’s office in city hall, 303 East B St. Applications will be accepted 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. California drivers are being urged to apply for the Real ID driver license which will be required for airplane trips and entrance to many federal buildings and installations. However, a valid passport will do the same thing. 


A stop sign will soon be installed at the intersection of Williams Avenue and Avery Street in Los Serranos.


To celebrate National Bike Month, Omnitrans will offer free bus rides to passengers with bicycles every Saturday in May on all 35 of its bus routes, the sbX rapid line and OmniGo community shuttles. It is not applicable to Access services for persons with disabilities. The offer is subject to bike rack space, which can accommodate two to four bicycles. 


Recent school enrollment data from the state shows a decrease from last year in overall enrollment at non-charter schools, while charter school enrollment increased a few percentage points to 10.6 percent overall attendance. 


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded a $125,000 grant to the Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board in Ontario. The funding will be used to help residents identify government agencies that handle complaints of housing discrimination. 

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